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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Barry B. Wegman (December 1, 2019)

Barry B. Wegman, age 68 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 5:12 PM Sunday December 1, 2019 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Columbus, Ohio. Barry was born December 13, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio and the son of the late Luther H. and Dorothy J. (Valentine) Wegman.

He was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 2017 for ConAgra Foods in Troy, Ohio. He also had been employed as a Substitute Teacher in several of the schools in the Darke County area. Barry was a graduate of Lake High School and received his BS Degree from Bowling Green State University. He was an avid sports official in the Ohio and Indiana area, primarily officiating on the high school level in football, basketball, softball, baseball, track and volleyball. Also had some officiating experience on the collegiate level and assisted with the Special Olympics.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Marcia DiGuglielmo.

Barry is survived by his special partner Kristine K. Moore of Greenville, bother and sister-in-law Allan & Pam Wegman of Woodville, Ohio, sister and brother-in-law Diane & Bill Jaeck of Venice, Florida and 5 nieces.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday December 11, 2019 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with burial scheduled for 2:00 PM in the Dayton National VA Cemetery 4400 W. Third Street Dayton, Ohio. They family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the American Heart Association.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

James L. Stelle (November 27, 2019)

James L. Stelle, 84, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

He was born on February 11, 1935, in Connersville, Indiana, to the late Crayton and Mary (Bicknel) Stelle.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his sisters, Nedra Richardson and Janice Stelle.

James was a simple man who loved to travel. He served his county honorably in the United States Military and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Liberty, Indiana.

He is survived by his nieces, Amy Harris of New Madison, Ohio and Lisa Rines of Portland, Indiana; and his nephew, Jon Richardson of Lynn, Indiana.

Per James’ wishes, there will be no public services.

The family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes with the final arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Carolyn J. Irvine (November 27, 2019)

Carolyn J. Irvine, 86, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Rest Haven in Greenville.

She was born on June 2, 1933, in Braffetsville, Ohio to the late Albert and Katherine (Clark) Hofacker.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by 3 brothers; 1 sister; and 2 grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Bothast and her husband, Vic Jr., of Union City, Indiana, and Cheryl Clark and her husband, Randy, of Wayne Lakes, Ohio; her 5 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service for Carolyn will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Hershel Fee officiating.

Carolyn's family will be receiving guests on Thursday, from 5:00 PM until the time of the service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial, in Union City Cemetery, will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with Carolyn's family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Barbara J. (Keaser) Gump (December 2, 2019)

Barbara J. (Keaser) Gump, 75, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019, at the Oakley Place in Greenville.

She was born on December 20, 1943, in Greenville to the late O.F. and Ethel (Siders) Keaser.

In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gump, whom she married on September 5, 1958; her daughter, Kim Gump; her sisters, Joanne Heffington and Linda Brenner; and her brother, Charlie Keaser.

Barb was an outstanding teacher and role model of how to express and show love. She loved to give and receive hugs and kisses. She was a selfless caregiver and always took care of others before herself. Barb loved to play cards and display her holiday decorations. She enjoyed the beauty of flowers and spending time in the garden. Barb loved her family, friends, and her dog, Angel.

Barb was blessed with the family she made at the Oakley Place, where she enjoyed her many friends and received very compassionate and loving care from the entire Oakley staff.

Barb is survived by her sons, Randy Gump and his wife, Mary Ann, of Versailles, Ohio, and Rick Gump and his wife, Lynne, of Greenville; her 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Marie Keaser of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Barb’s life will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles.

Guests may visit with Barb’s family on Saturday, from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given, in memory of Barb, to State of the Heart Care, 1350 North Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Lurene D. Monnin (November 30, 2019)

Lurene D. Monnin, of Versailles passed away at 10:41 PM on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Lurene was born in Darke County to the late Pete & Mildred (McEldowney) Simon. In addition to her parents, Lurene was also preceded in death by her brothers, Bud and Richard Simon; and sister, Judy Seger.

Lurene is survived by her husband, Jerry Monnin whom she married May 22, 1954; children, Karen & Reece Nickol of Piqua and Kent & Tonda Monnin of Troy; grandchildren, Matt & Angie Nickol, Seth & Sarah Nickol, Lee & Roshelle Nickol, Jay & Jenny Nickol, Mark & Emily Monnin, Tricia & Derek Carson, Craig Riley, Christopher Riley and Conor Riley; 11 great-grandchildren; brother & sister-in-law, Dan & Sheryle Simon of Versailles; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Simon of Versailles; brothers-in-law & sister-in-law, Denis Monnin of Versailles, Carl Barlage of Russia and Tom & Linda Monnin of Russia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lurene was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. She loved traveling and was proud to have traveled in all 50 states. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing poker and spending time with her family. Lurene was a proud blood donor and has donated over 12 gallons of blood. She was the rock of her family and will be forever “29”.

Lurene’s family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the staff of State of the Heart Care who made it possible for mom to spend her final days at home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 6, 2019, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Private burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care or Versailles Emergency Medical Services. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

James “Jim” Lee Richard (December 1, 2019)

James “Jim” Lee Richard, age 75, of Versailles passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after a short battle with cancer. Jim was born on June 1, 1944 to the late Leroy Richard & the late Dorothy (Yingst) Magnotte. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Chalmers) Richard whom he married on May 29, 1970; daughter Jeffie and her husband Scott Voisard of Russia and their family, Kirstin, Austin, and Emma Erisman, Karissa and Kenzi Voisard; daughter Jodie Bohman of Versailles and her family Lauren Monnin & fiancĂ©e Jacob Schlater and Taylor Bohman; and daughter Julie and her husband Matt Magoto of Versailles and their family Lexi, Cameron, and Kayla Magoto.

Jim is also survived by his sisters, Jane Smith of Troy and Kathy McPherson of Washington, Michigan; In-Laws Lisa Richard of Michigan; Bob Chalmers of Greenville; Dave & Ruby Chalmers of Bradford, Tam & Randy Venrick of Greenville, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy Richard & Dorothy Magnotte; step-father Mel Magnotte; father and mother-in-law Robert & Olive Jean Chalmers; brothers John Richard and Fred Richard; and nephew Scott McPherson.

Jim grew up on the Marshal farm in Versailles where he enjoyed many good times with his brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Jim attended Versailles High School and worked at Champion Paper, Argosy, Ivex, and Weaver Brothers. Jim was an avid Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds fan, and he died at peace knowing the Bengals finally got their first win of the 2019-2020 football season. Jim’s hobbies included fishing, mushroom hunting, making horseradish, working and being outside, watching football and baseball, and spending time with his family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. Burial will follow at St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Jill Elaine (Rhoades) Witters (November 30, 2019)

Jill Elaine (Rhoades) Witters passed away on November 30. She is survived by husband Keith, daughter Leah Witters, sons Lance Witters and Lucas Witters, daughter-in-law Alyssa Farrell Witters, mother Shirley Rhoades, sisters Tracy Muhlenkamp and Melissa Sagan, brother Dusty Rhoades, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Rhoades.

Per her wishes there will be no services. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Jack Burton Quinn (November 30, 2019)

Jack Burton Quinn, age 79 of Greenville, Ohio passed away peacefully at 6:10 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Unit. Born in Pleasant Hill, OH on March 31, 1940 he was one of 6 children to the late Albert & Lucy (Swartz) Quinn. Jack enjoyed anything that involved working with his hands. He liked to work on cars, garden, woodwork, and raise horses. Jack enjoyed traveling, and riding his motorcycle. He was a loving husband; he and his wife of 59 years, Beverly, were inseparable. He loved spending time with his children, and grandchildren and will be deeply missed. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by siblings Paul Quinn, Ed Quinn, Mabel Wojciechowski.

Survived by his wife, Beverly (Waymire) Quinn, whom he married September 3, 1960: children Brad & Sara Quinn; Christine & Nick Norris; Kimberly & Will (Quinn)- Whitlow; Eric & Amy Quinn: 20 grandchildren: 31 great-grandchildren: brother John & Sharon Quinn: sister Mary Alice Mojciechowski: good friends Tom Allison; Otis & Peg: and his beloved dog “Roxie”.

Friends may call on the family from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Funeral service at 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Donnie Smith presiding. Burial to follow at Greenville Union Cemetery, Greenville, OH. Online sympathies www.zecharbailey.com.

Amanda Marie (Williams) Sowers

Amanda Marie (Williams) Sowers came into the world July 2, 1982, much to her mother’s delight. The doctor was sure she was a boy. Amanda grew into a strong willed, independent child. She loved tormenting her brother. She started her love of piano at age 6, taking lessons for 10 years. She discovered another love, speaking Spanish in high school. She got all A’s. Sometimes when her mom woke her up, she was speaking Spanish! She got to go to Mexico after graduating, a trip she loved. Amanda went to Massage Therapy School, becoming a LMT. Amanda loved to crochet. She made many gifts doing this, including making hats for the babies in the NICU at Children’s Hospital. Her death leaves a void that forever can’t be filled.

Amanda is preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Neva Marie Rantz Studebaker, and her paternal grandparents, Paul Williams and Betty Koffer.

Those left to celebrate her life, but mourn her death are her children Rebecca Renee’ and Elijah David, and their father Matthew. Her mother and Dad “in love”, Toni and Brad Henninger. Her father Dan (Jama) Williams. Her brothers and sisters, to who she was always “Nana”, Scott Williams, Marissa (Chris) Dunn, Rachel Henninger, Liam & Zach Henninger. She is also survived by an abundance of nieces, nephews, uncles, cousins, and family across the nation.

Services will be Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Rev. Dan Scalf and Pastor Toni Henninger officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM-11:00AM. Burial to follow the funeral service at Greenville Union Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. The family asks that memorial contributions be given to Children’s Medical Center to honor Amanda’s contribution of crocheting hats for the preemies. Online sympathies www.zecharbailey.com.

Leonard J. Goubeaux (November 27th, 2019)

Leonard J. Goubeaux, 81 of Bronston, Kentucky, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at Shawnee Manor in Lima, Ohio. Born on November 28th, 1937 in Frenchtown, Ohio, he was one of 7 children of the late Cletus “Jack” and Dorothea (Ayette) Goubeaux. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Juli R. Goubeaux; and brothers, Ed (Ruth) Goubeaux and Norbert “Butch” Goubeaux.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Sandee and Ted Detrick of Versailles, Ohio, Greg and Veronica Goubeaux of Versailles, Ohio; his grandchildren, J. Michael Detrick, Harrison Detrick, Jack Detrick, Chase Detrick, Kathy Chavez and Krystal Chavez; siblings, Melva (Gene) Barga, Ivan (Judy) Goubeaux, Wayne (Elaine) Goubeaux, and Diane (Terry) Carter; as well as many nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Versailles High School in 1956, Leonard enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country honorably from 1956-1958. He later pursued his education degree at the Bailey Technical School in St. Louis, Missouri and a career in the trucking industry, Upon his retirement, Leonard was able to fulfill a life long dream of living by the lake. Len loved the water, boating, and sharing that fun with family and friends. He was an avid hunter, who enjoyed working in his yard and watching wildlife from his porch swing. He took pleasure in the simple things, worked hard and taught his children the value of doing your best.

Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM on Friday, December13, 2019 at the Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons officiating. Burial to follow at St. Valbert Cemetery, where military honors by the Darke County Honor Guard will be performed.

Grace Evangeline Hinkle (November 26, 2019)

Grace Evangeline Hinkle, age 88 of Gettysburg, Ohio passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. Born on March 31, 1931 in Darke County, Ohio she was one of 6 children to the late Chester R. & Miriam G. (Hall) Riffell. Grace was a member of the Pleasant View Missionary Church, where she served the church faithfully, since the age of 8 years old. She had taught Sunday school, was secretary of the church board, janitor, was very active in Bible study, and was President and Vice-President of the Women’s Missionary group. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Charles J. Hinkle; daughter Joyce Hinkle; brothers Arthur Riffell, Keith Riffell.

Grace is survived by her siblings Janice Trevan, Mary Short, Gene (Phyllis) Riffell; sister-in- laws Mary Riffell, Shirley Riffell; as well as many nieces, nephews and family members.

A service will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Pleasant View Missionary Church, 5231 Gettysburg Pitsburg Rd, Gettysburg, Ohio with Pastor Sean Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Gettysburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 12:00- 2:00 PM on Monday at the church. Arrangements entrusted to the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice, or Pleasant View Missionary Church.

Zane Edward Kindley (November 26, 2019)

Zane Edward Kindley, age 56 of Greenville, Ohio passed away peacefully on November 26, 2019 at State of the Heart Hospice in Greenville, surrounded by his loving family. Zane was born on February 6, 1963 to the late Hazel and Earl Kindley. Zane valiantly battled Multiple Myeloma and renal failure for the past two and a half years.

Zane was a 1981 Tri-Village High School graduate. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1985, and his Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1988.

Zane was an attorney and had a deep respect and passion for the law. He spent his entire career helping as well as serving others. He was a leader among men and had the respect and admiration of all who knew him.

Zane worked in Butler County as the Assistant Director of the Butler County CSEA. He served on numerous boards and held multiple leadership roles on the local as well as state level. Prior to that, Zane served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Darke County Department of Human Services.

Zane was a devoted husband, father, and friend. His wife, children and grandchildren were his greatest sources of joy and pride. He was an incredible role model and taught us all how to live a full life of loving and serving others. He was one of “the helpers.” In his last two years, Zane was also given the task of teaching us how to die with dignity, honor, and God’s grace as his guide.

In addition to his parents, Zane was preceded in death by and infant grandchild.

Zane is survived by his beloved wife, Dawn, whom he married on August 3, 1991. They shared 28 years as best friends and partners in every facet of their lives. He is also survived by his precious children, Rachel Shoffstall and her husband, Matthew; Abigail Kindley, and Matthew Kindley, and his grandchildren Kaden, Reegan, and Mason Shoffstall, all of Greenville.

Additional survivors include his sister, Susan (Jeff) Keller of San Diego, CA and brother, Galen (Donna) Kindley of Bend, OR, his father and mother –in-law Ben and Nihla York, brothers and sisters-in-law, Bryan and Yolonda Geis, and Ben and Joelle York, brother-in-law Keith Klinger, and his nephews and nieces, Jordan Geis, Kesla and Holden Klinger, and Alyssa, Olivia, and Hanna York. Zane is also survived by his dearest lifelong friends Joseph Laux, Albert Macre (Zane’s Godfather), Robert Weeks, Jim Combs, and Coleen Beasecker, a special cousin, Kay Reed, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and his devoted dog, Lola.

Zane was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville. He was also a member of the Ohio Bar Association.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Minister Coleen Beasecker as celebrant. Burial will follow at Greenville Union Cemetery in Greenville, OH. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 29, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Cancer Association of Darke County, The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Arthur G James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, or State of the Heart Hospice. Online sympathies www.zecharbailey.com.

Billy Joe Threewits (November 26, 2019)

Billy Joe Threewits, 92, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

Joe was born on July 27, 1927, in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Byron and Garnet (Nisonger) Threewits.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert Lyons.

Joe is survived by his wife of 71 years, Vera (Dickey) Threewits, whom he married on March 6, 1948; his children, Sharon Kaugher and her husband, Ronnie, of Union City, Ohio, Karen Cope and her husband, Don, of Lascassas, Tennessee, Lora Willis and her husband, Mark, of Union City, Ohio, Carl Threewits and his wife, Brenda, of Apopka, Florida, and Teresa Edger of Greenville, Ohio; his 7 grandchildren; his 10 great grandchildren; and countless nieces, and nephews.

A graveside service, with full military honors conducted by the Greenville Honor Guard, will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 29, 2019, at Greenville Union Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Virginia I. Smith (November 24, 2019)

Virginia I. Smith age 91, of Versailles passed away at 7:10 PM on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Brookdale of Greenville.

Virginia was born September 19, 1928, in Versailles to the late Clay & Stella (Cordonnier) Weaver. In addition to her parents Virginia was also preceded in death by her husband, Herman J. Smith on April 20, 2016, whom she married August 20, 1949.

Virginia is survived by her children, Cheryl & John Goubeaux of Versailles, Marcia & Gary Davidson of Versailles and Duane & Georgette Smith of Versailles; grandchildren, Tracy & Neil Ranly, Brian & Ali Hemmelgarn and Jason & Lori Hemmelgarn; step grandchildren, Brian Coppess, Brad Coppess, Jeffrey & Tina Davidson and Lori & Wes Grover; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Mason, Taylor and Colton; step great-grandchildren, Ethan, Kaitlyn, Parker, Landon, Melina, Blake, Khloe and Kaelyn; and a brother & sister-in-law, Ed & Betty Weaver of Versailles.

Virginia was a 1946 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a homemaker. Virginia was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Monday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM and Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Mary F. (McCoy) Gabbard (November 22, 2019)

Mary F. (McCoy) Gabbard, 71, of Portland, Indiana, passed away at her home late Friday, November 22, 2019.

She was born on August 6, 1948, in Dean, Kentucky, to the late George Smallwood McCoy and Julie May (Runyons) McCoy.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Tanya (Rich) Smith; her grandson, Garion Smith; and her siblings, Alma Johnson, Goldie Hankins, James McCoy, Dee McCoy, Woodrow McCoy, and Hazel Felix.

Mary worked for Westinghouse in Union City for 15 years until it closed. She then helped her husband with his Cushman Motor scooter business for many years. Mary was active in the Vintage Motor Bike Club and the VHL Alliance. She loved traveling and spending time outdoors. Mary also enjoyed antiques and being with her family and friends.

Mary is survived by her husband, Ray L. Gabbard, whom she married on February 2, 1985; her daughter, Melissa Laux and her husband, Jevon, of Lewisburg, Ohio; her grandchildren, Colten and Meridith Laux; her sisters, Margaret Riddle and Lois Hoggatt; her step children, Kim Gabbard and his wife, Melinda, of Portland, Rick Gabbard and his wife, Pam, of Winchester, Indiana, Dessie Brackman and her husband, Paul, of Portland, Brandy Gabbard and his wife, Judy, of Laingsburg, Michigan, Jeannie Grosch and her husband, Gary, of Greenville, Ohio, and Todd Gabbard and his wife, Lisa, of Tekoa, Washington; her many step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, and step great-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mary's life will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Pleasant Hill Church, 9945 N 800 E, Union City, IN 47390, with Pastor Bruce Brian officiating. Entombment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery across from the church.

Guests may visit with Mary’s family on Friday, November 29, 2019, from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Tribute Funeral Homes, 1000 North Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 and again on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Jay County Cancer Society, 101 S. Meridian Street, Portland, Indiana, 47371.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lowell Eugene Carter (November 20, 2019)

Lowell Eugene Carter age 99, of Greenville passed away at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

Lowell was born November 17, 1920, in Darke County to the late Charles & Maggie (Fisher) Carter. In addition to his parents, Lowell is also preceded in death by his daughter, Arlene Fullroth; and sister, Alice Carothers.

Lowell is survived by his children, Larry & Jean Carter of Galena, Barbara & John Schlimmer of Arizona, Gloria & Ed Ault of Greenville, Loretta & John Coppess of Mason and Terry & Diane Carter of Ninety Six, South Carolina; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Lowell served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a retired dairy farmer.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Michael E. Pearson (November 19, 2019)

Michael E. Pearson age 66, of Versailles passed away at 5:07 AM on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He was born on January 23, 1953, to the late Harry & Mildred (Gibbons) Pearson. Michael is survived by his wife, Rosanna “Rosie” (Bergman) Pearson whom he married on August 15, 1975; his son, Brian & friend Crystal and her son's, Dylan and Noah of Versailles; son, Adam & wife Kim and their family, Vera, Vince and Annie of Versailles; and daughter, Mindy McCutchins & husband Sanchez and
their family, Bailey, Blaire and Brinley Rose of Sidney.

Mike is survived by his family, Nancy and Pete Hemer of Greenville, Sandy and Mike McClurg of Versailles, Linda Renstchler of Lancing TN; In-Laws, Melody Bergman of Celina, Pat and Arnie Clune of Minster, Dennis Bergman of Coldwater, Tom and Charlene Bergman of Greenville, Paul and Shirley Bergman of Reynoldsburg, Charles and Sue Bergman of Englewood FL, Harold and Jean Bergman of Minster, Doris and Michael Schultz of St. Henry, Louis and Mary Bergman of Greenville, Karen and Don Luthman of Maderia; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, father & mother-in-law, Albert & Lidwina Bergman; sisters Judy Baker and Carol Bundschuh, nephew Kurt Bergman; and in-laws, Sandra Bergman, JoAnn Bergman, and Doug Baker.

Mike graduated from Versailles High School in 1971. He served as a mechanic and repair serviceman for most of his career. He and wife Rosie owned and operated a truck and automotive repair shop which attributed to many of Mike’s hobbies. Mike was involved in Drag Car Racing, Go-Kart Racing and the restoration of older cars. He always had a passion for old, fast and loud muscle cars. Mike served many years as a little league baseball coach for his sons and served many years as a Volunteer EMT for the Versailles Life Squad. In June of this year, Mike retired from Dickman Supply as an Electrical Supply delivery person. In recent years as free time permitted, Mike spent much time in the boat on Lake Loramie getting snagged on brush, losing jigs, untangling line, forgetting to pull anchor, all in search of that wall mount bluegill. Children and Grandchildren’s events were also a highlight of Michael’s schedule whether it was at the parks or at home, he was always in attendance. Mike always enjoyed the presence of family and grandchildren with his wife Rosie.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Hershel “Wayne” Blanken (November 18, 2019)

Hershel “Wayne” Blanken, 68, of Hollansburg, Ohio, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019, at his residence.

He was born on April 2, 1951, in Rody, Virginia, to the late William L. and Liza (Louis) Blanken.

In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Joe Blanken, Donald “Pete” Blanken, and Jerry Blanken; his sister, Faye Webb, Vickey Flannery, and Irene Blanken; and his son, Michael Blanken.

Wayne spent over 30 years as an over-the-road trucker until he retired in 1999 from F.A.S.T Trucking. He enjoyed going to dirt track races with his brother-in-law, Curt Flannery, to watch Shon, Curt's son, race. Wayne always enjoyed spending time with his grandbabies. He loved to be around them because no matter how bad he felt, he would say they made him feel better. He would like to sit and watch the news every day and then watch NASCAR on Sundays. Wayne also enjoyed watching Gunsmoke and Bonanza.

Before Wayne got sick, he would always sit outside during the summer and enjoyed watching the first snowfall when winter came. He would always go out of his way to help others. He never expected anything in return as long as it was helping someone in need.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Roadcap) Blanken, whom he married in 1971; his children, Chris Blanken and his wife, Rachel, of Greenville, Willie Blanken of Appalachia, Virginia, Dewayne Blanken of Duffield, Virginia, and Lance Parsons and his wife, Tara, of Lynn, Indiana; his 12 grandchildren; his 3 great grandchildren; and his siblings, David Blanken and his wife, Elaine, of Springfield, Ohio, Mickey Blanken and his wife, Linda, of Chillicothe, Ohio, Alan Blanken and his wife, Janice, of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Matilyn Collier and her husband, Doug, of Nashville, Tennessee; his brother-in-law, Curtis Flannery of Church Hill, Tennessee; and his sister-in-law, Wanita Blanken of Big Stone Gap.

A Celebration of Wayne’s life will be at 12 noon of Monday, November 25, 2019, at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Curtis Flannery officiating. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Greenville Honor Guard, will follow in Hollansburg Cemetery.

Guests may visit with Wayne’s family on Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Susan Faith Gray (November 19, 2019)

Susan Faith Gray, 85, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on November 19, 2019.

Susan was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Robert M. Gray, and her parents, Besse (Byard) and George Gutermuth, and her sister, Betty Lou Gutermuth McVay. Survivors are her brother, William Gutermuth, of Union City, Indiana, and two daughters, Jeanne Gray Keller, Springfield, MO, and Mary Gray Kinnison, Greenville, OH. Also surviving are her Granddaughter, Amelia Keller Meier, and Great-Granddaughter, Ellie Faith Meier, also of Springfield, MO. Susan will be greatly missed by her close extended family and strong network of friends made along her journey.

Throughout her life, Susan devoted herself to nature and history, teaching and encouraging others along the way to protect, preserve and respect the natural world around us. In later years, Susan was instrumental in the creation and organization of the Darke County Park District serving as one of the founding commissioners. As president of the Treaty of Greene Ville Bicentennial Commission, she was influential in promoting the history of this area.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County, or the Darke County Park District.

Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, OH. Online condolences www.zecharbailey.com.

Marie Estelle Vanden-Bosch (November 17, 2019)

Marie Estelle Vanden-Bosch, age 75 most recently residing at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio passed away at 6:22 AM Sunday November 17, 2019 at the Miami Valley Hospital Dayton, Ohio. She was born October 8, 1944 in Dayton, Ohio and the daughter of the late Roman W. and Estelle A. (Waker) Vanden-Bosch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a niece Elaina Lauree Kolb and a nephew James J. Vanden-Bosch.

Marie is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law: James A. and Mary Elaine (Rammel) Vanden-Bosch of Greenville, John W. and Virginia (Leibold) Vanden-Bosch of Wilmington, Thomas J. and Mary A. (Sellers) Vanden-Bosch of Dayton and sister and brother-in-law Ann M. (Vanden-Bosch) and Stephen A. Kolb of Greenville as well as numerous very special nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins.

Marie graduated from St. Joseph Commercial High School in Dayton, Ohio and worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital for 32 years. She lived with her parents in Kettering, moving to the Brethren Retirement Community in May 2005. She enjoyed her years there and greatly appreciated all the friends she met, and especially grateful for the interest, attention and care she received from her nurses and aides over the years. Marie was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Kettering and after moving to Greenville, was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Greenville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Monday November 25, 2019 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church 233 West Third Street Greenville, Ohio with Father John R. White as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio. Prayers will be offered on Monday at 8:45 AM in the funeral home.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be given to the Brethren Retirement Community.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com